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Jan 8 Choate speech

Senator Rufus Choate Advocates for Smithsonian to be Library

 

Senator Rufus Choate Advocates for Smithsonian to be Library

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Year: 
1845
Month: 
january
Day: 
8
Date: 
Wed, 1845-01-08
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Senator Rufus P. Choate of Massachusetts gives an impassioned and urgent speech to the U.S. Senate, advocating the establishment of a grand and noble public library with the James Smithson bequest. He recommends that the contemplated Smithsonian Institution allocate $20,000 a year for twenty-five years toward such a project. Due in part to his efforts, the final bill which establishes the Smithsonian Institution contains a provision for a library.